Senate Bill 2109 Seeks to Extinguish Navajo and Hopi Water Rights

Native News Network
Ed Becenti in Native Condition.

TUBA CITY, ARIZONA – Senators Jon Kyl, Arizona – R, and John McCain, Arizona – R, will be in Tuba City on Thursday, April 5, 2012, to persuade Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribal leaders to give up their peoples’ aboriginal and Treaty-guaranteed priority Water Rights by accepting a “Settlement Agreement” written to benefit some of the West’s most powerful mining and energy corporations.

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They are doing so by trying to persuade the Navajo Nation and Hopi leaders to support and endorse Senate Bill 2109.

Senate Bill 2109 45; the “Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012” was introduced by Kyl and McCain on February 14, 2012, and is on a fast track to give Arizona corporations and water interests a “100 th birthday present” that will close the door forever on Navajo and Hopi food and water sovereignty, security and self-reliance.

S.2109 asks the Navajo and Hopi peoples to waive their priority Water Rights to the surface waters of the Little Colorado River “from time immemorial and thereafter, forever” in return for the shallow promise of uncertain federal appropriations to supply minimal amounts of drinking water to a handful of reservation communities.

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One Response to Senate Bill 2109 Seeks to Extinguish Navajo and Hopi Water Rights

  1. Vince says:

    This shouldn’t surprise us. US policy with regards to Indians has always been to put us in an inferior, dependent position so that they could steal our resources out from under us. A friend and fellow Tlingit said this about it:

    Sovereignty should not be dependent on the political moods swings of Congress- especially given that Tribal Nations existed as nations long before Congress was even established under the U.S. Constitution. There is nothing “Indian” about U.S. Federal Indian Policy- this was a legal system set in place to legalize grand theft of an entire continent and cultural genocide. Under the “trust relationship” between the United States and Tribes, Congress asserts to have plenary powers over Tribal affairs which thus gives the United States absolute dominion over Tribes. Further, this trust relationship treats us as incompetent children not capable of taking care of ourselves.

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